Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline, IL 61265
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ABOUT KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM
Address: 700 22nd Street, Rock Island, IL.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:30 am -3:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday.
The Karpeles Manuscript Museum provides ever-changing exhibits featuring historical manuscripts and other documents. Previous exhibits have included the writings, letters, and books of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. This is the first Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Ilinois. There are 11 of the museums in the country, which together house what is billed as the world’s largest private collection of important manuscripts and documents.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is located in the former Christian Science church, designed by architect William C. Jones of Chicago in the Palladian style, it was built between 1914-1915. Its exterior walls are of brick covered by Bedford limestone. Its superimposed front portico is supported by six 2 story columns. Its dome actually consists of 2 domes: an outer dome and an inner dome which are separated by a space for lighting fixtures and maintenance. The inner dome consists of some 8,000 colored fish scale glass panes on a wooden support structure. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 1998.